Himachal elections: 360 critical, 980 vulnerable polling stations in the State


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    As many as 50,25,941 electors in the State will elect their representatives to 68 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in the HP Assembly elections 2017. Out of this 25,31,321 are male, 24,57,032 female other gender 14 and service voters 37,574. To ensure free, fair and transparent election, a polling staff of 37,605 persons comprising of 7,507 teams have been deployed for poll duty. This was disclosed by Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput in a press conference today.

    CEO said there are 7521 polling stations in the state with 42 auxiliary polling stations, 598 in urban and 6,923 in rural areas. Of these, 21 polling stations are less than two kilometres of distance, 20 more than 2 to 5 kilometres and 24 having a distance of more than five kilometres and above. In addition to this, 136 polling stations are to be manned by all women staff. In order to facilitate residents of old aged homes and leprosy inpatients, five auxiliary polling stations have been set up in five constituencies of the state.

    Dari-3 for old age home Gabli in Dharmshala, Kee in Lahaul-Spiti, Bhangrotu-1 for Vrid Ashram Bhangrotu in Balh, old age home Basantpur in Shimla Rural and Dharampur-1 for Leprosy Hospital Dharampur in Kasauli. Hikkim in Lahaul-Spiti is the highest polling station, where Kaa in district Kinnaur is having only six voters.

    In Vidhan Sabha elections-2012, a total number of 459 candidates contested the elections, out of which 425 male and 34 female. Rs. 18.76 crores were the total expenditure incurred during Vidhan Sabha elections-2012. In present Vidhan Sabha elections, a total number of candidates is 338, out of which 319 male and 19 female. Election material has been dispatched including ballot papers, postal ballots to service electors electronically with the required password so that the electors could cast their vote.

    Photo voter slips in the state will be distributed by 2nd November to all the voters. In addition to this, voter slips have been printed in Braille for visually impaired persons and will be delivered by 2nd November. As many as 141 complaints of violation of model code of conduct have been received so far out of which 110 disposed of and 31 pending. 112 other complaints were also received out of which 26 disposed of and 86 pending. 2,215 hoardings, 3,067 banners, 2,309 wall paintings, 4,991 posters and 15,718 party flags have been removed from various places in the state.

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    He disclosed that 67,436 litres of liquor have been seized so far by Police and Excise department. In addition to this, 554-gram Opium, 9 kg Charas, 18.98 kg Poppy Husk, two kg Ganja, 15-gram Heroine, MDMA 1 kg, 50 Cocaine capsules, Smack 41 gram, 2.98 kg gold and 44,000 posters with 28 bags of printed material has also been seized so far. Police and Excise departments have jointly seized 1,12,29,050 rupees of cash so far. Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) Dr. Atul Verma said that all arrangements and adequate security have been pressed into service for the conduct of the peaceful election in the State.

    15 companies of para-military forces have reached in the state, 50 will reach within the short period and the request will be made for 10 more companies to be deployed in the state. Total 75 companies of para-military forces will be deployed during the election. In addition to this, 11,000 police personnel, 6,000 Home Guards Jawans including 1,000 from Uttarakhand will be deployed during this period for smooth conduct of the election.

    He said the entire polling stations have been categorized into ordinary vulnerable and critical polling stations. 980 polling stations are vulnerable, while 360 are critical. 74,058 of arms have been deposited in the state so far. Additional Chief Electoral Officer D.K. Rattan was also present on the occasion.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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